Fam­ily of 6 trapped in deadly build­ing col­lapse

The Myanmar Times - - World -

RES­CUERS were search­ing for a fam­ily of six feared trapped in a build­ing that col­lapsed and killed two peo­ple on the out­skirts of the city.

Emer­gency work­ers were us­ing me­chan­i­cal diggers and other equip­ment to re­move slabs of con­crete and mud, but po­lice said on Au­gust 7, there was lit­tle hope of find­ing the fam­ily, in­clud­ing three chil­dren, alive.

The two-storey build­ing that had ear­lier been de­clared dan­ger­ous by lo­cal of­fi­cials crum­bled overnight in the dis­trict of Thane fol­low­ing days of mon­soon rain.

Two peo­ple were pulled alive from the de­bris but res­cuers also re­cov­ered two bod­ies, said DM Katke, a se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor in the Bhi­wandi res­i­den­tial area where the col­lapse oc­curred.

“Luck­ily, two of them were fine but the other two didn’t sur­vive the col­lapse,” Mr Katke said.

“Lo­cals have told us that there is an­other fam­ily, which in­clude three chil­dren, un­der the rub­ble. The chances of them hav­ing sur­vived the col­lapse are very bleak,” he said, adding that there were six in the fam­ily.

Mr Katke said lo­cal of­fi­cials had ear­lier de­clared the build­ing too un­sta­ble for occupation.

Build­ing col­lapses are com­mon in In­dia, es­pe­cially dur­ing the an­nual mon­soon sea­son. –

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